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Frank Frazetta (Feb 09, 1928 – May 10, 2010)

Posted by invizweb on May 10, 2010

(C) Estate of Frank Frazetta via Newsarama

Frank Frazetta, one of the premiere comic book cover, fantasy, sci-fi, and pulp artists passed away at age 82.  Agent Robert Pistella confirmed it occurred this afternoon in a hospital near his Florida home.  The cause was a stroke (cerebrovascular accident).

Born on February 09, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, Frazetta was a graduate of the Brooklyn Fine School of Arts.  His early comic illustration career included working with EC Comics, DC/Nation Comics’ Shining Knight, Al Capp’s Lil Abner, and the Playboy comic Little Annie Fanny if Harvey Kurtzman (MAD founder).  After working on the movie poster What’s New Pussycat, Frazetta became most famous for paperback covers to such pulp fantasy books as L Sprague De Camps’s series of Conan the Barbarian anthologies, and other fantasy art.

(C) Estate of Frank Frazetta via io9

But my abbreviated bio cannot be compared to those who experienced the artistry of Frazetta firsthand.  In this Newsarama article, esteemed Batman artist Neal Adams said:

The passing of Frank Frazetta is like the passing of a hero, who turns to challenge you and say “Get the Hell out here onto the field! If I can do it, you can do it! Damn you!”

But none of us could “do it” like Frank Frazetta.

He’ll be missed because he was unique, and no one will ever fill his shoes.

All the rest of us can do is try.

Andy Kubert, of the Kubert family of artists said:

To me, Frank was not only a founding father of comic book art, but the founding father of the modern fantasy art genre. Any time I look at a Frazetta piece, I discover something new that I hadn’t seen in the prior 1000 times I had looked at it before. And he made it all seem so effortless.

We are all very lucky for his talent, not only to the artists that he influenced and inspired, but for the many fans that were appreciative and touched by his works.

(C) The Estate of Frank Frazetta via Newsarama

I have seen the art of Frazetta in many back issues of Wizard and Inquest though I did not have a name to the art until maybe 2 or 3 years ago.  Last year I finally had the opportunity to purchase and read  a copy of the Fantastic Worlds of Frazetta Volume One while on jury duty in October, just in time for Halloween.  Although some of the stories (none were written by Frazetta) were not the best prose, the otherwordly art caused me to fell as if I was transported to another time and place.  If you want to see more of this art, io9 has a gallery here.

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